• Emergency Response Guide
    Fire Alarm Procedure

    I. General Information

    A. Any person who discovers a fire, smells smoke or gas, must sound the local fire alarm, without seeking permission from the authorities.
    B. The fire alarm system shall be used for fires and FIRES ONLY. There is a penalty for false fire or police alarms in the State of Illinois.
    C. All exit doors must be kept unlocked during occupancy; they shall not be blocked open or chained closed under any circumstances.
    D. Fire escapes and stairs shall be kept free from all obstructions.

    II. When the Fire Alarm Sounds

    A. Occupants shall form a line quickly, quietly and in an orderly manner.
    B. Staff members shall close classroom doors and windows. Also, they shall see that power or gas to equipment is shut off.
    C. No one shall stop to obtain outer clothing when the alarm sounds.
    D. Occupants shall walk to the neatest unobstructed exit and leave the building in an orderly fashion. NO ONE SHALL RUN.
    E. All occupants shall be moved at least 100 feet from the building.
    F. Each instructor shall make an accurate check of all students under their responsibility.
    G. Staff members shall advise the police officer on the scene of the location of the fire and the location of any disabled occupants that have not been evacuated.

    III. When Evacuation is Complete

    A. The class or work group shall remain in a tight group until further orders are received.
    B. When the building is ready for occupancy, the police department will give the re-entry order.

    Note: If the fire can be extinguished with the use of a portable hand extinguisher, as located in hallways and some labs, one may attempt to do so. However, this should only be attempted AFTER the alarm has been pulled, police are notified and evacuation begins.